Windows Vista Services

Print Spooler - Windows Vista Service

Loads files to memory for later printing.

This service also exists in Windows 10, 11, 7, 8 and XP.

Startup Type

Windows Vista edition without SP SP1 SP2
Starter Automatic Automatic Automatic
Home Basic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Home Premium Automatic Automatic Automatic
Business Automatic Automatic Automatic
Ultimate Automatic Automatic Automatic

Default Properties

Display name:Print Spooler
Service name:Spooler
Error control:normal
  • SeTcbPrivilege
  • SeImpersonatePrivilege
  • SeAuditPrivilege
  • SeChangeNotifyPrivilege
  • SeLoadDriverPrivilege
  • SeAssignPrimaryTokenPrivilege

Default Behavior

can interact with the desktop, receiving input from users. If Print Spooler fails to start, the error is recorded into the Event Log. Windows Vista startup proceeds, but a message box is displayed informing you that the Spooler service has failed to start. At least one service depends on Print Spooler. Therefore I do not recommend you to disable it.


won't start, if the following system components are stopped or disabled:

If Print Spooler is stopped, the Fax fails to start and initialize.

Restore Default Startup Type of Print Spooler

Automated Restore

1. Select your Windows Vista edition, and then click on the Download button below.

2. Save the RestorePrintSpoolerWindowsVista.bat file to any folder on your hard drive.

3. Right-click the downloaded batch file and select Run as administrator.

4. Restart the computer to save changes.

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